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  1. Slash McCoy

    Calling All Titan Experts

    I just got two of these from the GD factory, no markings, and my contact there refuses to divulge the steel alloy or a model number. They look an awful lot like Titan, to me. @rbscebu hope you see this. The scales and spacer are dreadfully heavy. The razor tips the scales at 3.3oz. A GD66...
  2. Slash McCoy

    Anybody Here Ever Made Camel Bone Scales from Scratch? Well, from Camel Bones, anyway.

    I am interested in cutting up camel leg and shoulder blade bones into razor scales. Anybody here doing that? Looking particularly for answers from someone who has actually cut these bones up into scales already. I am pretty sure the leg bones will have a large pithy core but I am thinking I...
  3. Slash McCoy

    WTB: Gold Monkey 666

    Looking for a Gold Monkey 666. Unhoned would be nice, but it's not a dealbreaker. Anybody got one?
  4. Slash McCoy

    Gold Monkey Brand Origins, Back Story?

    Okay, so we all know that Gold Monkey razors are made by Gold Dollar in their Ningbo factory. I was interested in the backstory of the brand. I even reached out to the company with a list of questions and they only replied that "Golden Monkey is also our brand". The scales are imprinted with...
  5. Slash McCoy

    PIF: Used GD66, Sanitized and Re-Honed

    This Gold Dollar 66 was returned to me by someone who just didn't catch on to how to use it. Damaged goods? You decide. It has been re-honed to Method standards and sanitized in genuine Barbicide. This PIF is open to straight razor newbies who: 1. already own a usable strop and can post a pic...
  6. Slash McCoy

    The Pull Stroke Explained

    I am a serious proponent of adding "Pull Strokes" to a honing progression and especially to the finish stage. I am often asked what that means, and sometimes it is obvious that someone doesn't catch the meaning at all. So let me explain here. In normal honing or stropping, the razor is stroked...
  7. Slash McCoy

    Review: Gold Dollar Model 92

    I was looking at Gold Dollar on AliBaba and ran across this razor, one that I had not yet seen. It looked like a step in the right direction, design-wise, from their other models. What I was forgetting was that first of all, nobody at the factory actually knows anything about razors, and...
  8. Slash McCoy

    Feather Black Label vs Feather Yellow Label? Any Difference?

    I was just wondering if there is actually any difference between the original (black) and new (yellow) Feather Hi Stainless DE blades.
  9. Slash McCoy

    Master Shifu Must Have a Sense of Humor

    So I ordered a few W59 from China. Pulled out the first one to hone it. Hmmmm... kinda sharp already. So I went straight to the .5u diamond balsa. Getting nowhere. Sharpie test... ink is completely intact at the edge. Treetops a little, but no hone contact at the apex! Master Shifu must have put...
  10. Slash McCoy

    What's for Dinner at Your House?

    Fresh baked bread, red top meat loaf, home brewed amber ale. Sammitch time!
  11. Slash McCoy

    Review: Kai Non-Folding Disposable

    Not so long ago I was looking for something at the Fendrihan site and ran across this for $4.50 https://www.fendrihan.com/collections/japanese-kamisori-straight-razors/products/kai-disposable-straight-razor-5-pack I had already shaved a few years ago with a knockoff of this throwaway that...
  12. Slash McCoy

    PIF: Gold Dollar 66, Stock/Unmodified, Shave Ready, Cracked Scale

    Up for grabs is this unmodified GD66, Method honed. One scale is cracked at the pivot but is so far still holding together. First time I have ever seen a GD66 scale crack. They are ugly but tough. This PIF is open to established straight shavers and also newbies with at least 20 posts on the...
  13. Slash McCoy

    PIF: Red Deer, Shave Ready

    Up for grabs, one Red Deer razor, shave ready. This razor made in Pakistan and appears to be some sort of stainless steel. I managed to put a respectable edge on it, but it doesn't seem to last more than a couple of shaves before it needs attention on the pasted balsa strop. If the pasted balsa...
  14. Slash McCoy

    Stunt Honing... Balsa and Diamond, from Bevel to Treetopping

    Just thinking about it. Thinking maybe a progression with 2x jumps starting at 40u...
  15. Slash McCoy

    Cheapest Gold Dollars on Fleabay

    Seller chourenling1990 selling GD66 for $4.19 but there is a discount coupon code () for $3.79 each that expires tomorrow, 5 Nov. Also there seems to be an a quantity discount as well. I just pulled the trigger on 20 for $70.56. I have a pile of them already, but I already popped the scales off...
  16. Slash McCoy

    Made a New Strop and it's a BEAST! (IMHO)

    It's been a long time since I last made any strops, and I had a bunch of leather laying around in the shop. D rings came from a saddle shop and cost too much to just take up space in a drawer. Leather is buffalo, and I bought a 3" wide strip of it. Cutting it into thirds would have made a strop...
  17. Slash McCoy

    If you are from South Louisiana, then you miss Hubig's Pies.

    They are coming back soon! New factory though. The old site in the Marigny has been rebuilt for residence. Hubig's Pies are coming back! See flavors, what potential comeback might look like Hubig's Pies return with new facility in Jefferson Parish Hubig’s Pies set to return in 2020 If you...
  18. Slash McCoy

    1080? 1084? 1095? Your Preferences Please, Gentlemen.

    My new Paragon thermostatically controlled electric heat treat oven is coming next week. No more barbecue grill razors. I know that forge heat treated razors are best made with 1080 or 1084, but if I follow the standard protocols with 1095 is it pretty foolproof? And are there any advantages to...
  19. Slash McCoy

    In The Market for a HT Oven

    Well, my shop is built and now I get to equip it. I want an electric thermostatically controlled HT oven that will do a half dozen blades in a batch. Programmable would be nice, but not necessary. Just an accurate thermostat is a luxury after doing the hair dryer and charcoal thing. I really...
  20. Slash McCoy

    Pattern Welded Steel... How Much is Just BS?

    Oooooooh that razor has such a beautiful damascus pattern... I would gladly pay 5x the price over homogenous tool steel even though it doesnt shave a bit better!" That's not me. The theory behind layered steels is pretty obvious, but how much of it is BS? Has anyone done any sort of real...